Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions received a major order for its AutoMine load and haul automation system valued at about SEK 250 million ($27 million) from Chile’s national copper miner Codelco to be used in the El Teniente mine. In addition, a connected load and haul equipment order, with an initial value of SEK 150 million ($16 million), was received, bringing the total value of the orders to SEK 400 million ($43 million).

The contract will run from 2022 through 2027. During 2022 and 2023, Codelco will receive Toro TH663i trucks and Sandvik LH514 loaders, as well as an AutoMine Fleet system, capable of being scaled to support up to 32 machines, and AutoMine production area hardware for future expansions over several years. From 2023 through 2027, Sandvik will deliver additional trucks and loaders to be added to the AutoMine Fleet system.

AutoMine Underground for loading and hauling is an automation system for autonomous and teleremote operation of a wide range of loaders and trucks, while the AutoMine Fleet system is an automation system for a fleet of underground loaders and trucks sharing the same automated production area. It provides advanced traffic control capabilities, as well as a wide range of interfaces for infrastructure integration to allow for complex automation applications in challenging environments.